ROSEN INTRODUCES NO FREE CAMPAIGNS FOR CONGRESS ACT TO REFORM FRANKED MAIL PROGRAM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) introduced the No Free Campaigns for Congress Act of 2018, a bill to rein in and reform the franked mail program. In 2016, Members of Congress spent an average of more than $28,000 of taxpayer money on franked mail, with some Members spending upwards of $100,000 on self-promotional mailings.
“Since joining Congress, I’ve been looking for commonsense areas where we can cut back on wasteful government spending and make Washington more accountable,” said Rosen. “This legislation would reform the franked mail program in Congress by significantly limiting the amount of taxpayer money that can be used on a program that’s increasingly been described as producing campaign-style advertisements. Members of Congress should be using their office budgets to fight for their constituents and serve the people they represent, not help themselves get re-elected.”
BACKGROUND: The No Free Campaigns for Congress Act of 2018:
- NO CAMPAIGNING: For the first time, explicitly states that the franking privilege may not be used for content which is purely related to a campaign for election for office.
- NO MASS MAILINGS IN ELECTION YEARS: Prohibits physical mass mailings at any time in a calendar year in which a Member is up for election/re-election, including for another office.
- NO PHOTO-LADEN CAMPAIGN STYLE MAILERS: Bars the use of photos in all physical mailings to constituents.
- RESPONSIBLE SPENDING: Caps the amount of taxpayer dollars that can be spent on franked mailing at $10,000 per Member annually.
Earlier this year, Rep. Rosen introduced the Pulled Pork Act, bipartisan legislation that would effectively prevent Congress from reinstating earmarks. During her time in Congress, Rosen has supported a number of legislative measures to root out government waste. Rosen is a co-sponsor of Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney’s (NY-22) No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Act, which would close an existing loophole that allows members of Congress convicted of bribery, perjury, conspiracy or other related crimes to continue collecting their taxpayer-funded pension.
Rosen has also supported efforts to end the abuse of taxpayer dollars. In March, Rosen sent a bipartisan letter to House appropriators along with Rep. Walter Jones (NC-03) urging them to prohibit the use of taxpayer money for first-class flights for Members of Congress, and in July, Rosen co-sponsored a bill that would help prevent U.S. taxpayer money from going to corrupt foreign governments.